Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

3Written by: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Pages: 827
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #4
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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

LetsTalk

So, there’s this series, and it’s pretty okay, I like it well enough. It’s called The Lunar Chronicles. And any hope I had of fooling any of you just went out the window didn’t it? Fine, okay, I love The Lunar Chronicles, a lot. So much so that I’ve been dreading and so excited for this book, I’ve been burned by final books in series before. This series has come to mean so much to me that if at the end of it things didn’t go perfectly? I really wasn’t sure how I was gonna handle it.

I should note here that I am going to attempt to remain as spoiler free as possible for Winter, but there might be spoilers for the other books. So if you haven’t read ANY of the books, well first off get thyself to a bookstore right now and buy Cinder at a minimum, then come back and thank me.

Winter was everything I could have hoped for, and so much more. I knew there was a lot to wrap up, but I also knew there was 800 pages and that Marissa can work miracles. So I went in excited and scared. I cannot tell you how often I almost flipped to the back of the book. It was nerve wracking. But I will say this: Don’t worry. Just keep reading.

Hi, Polina here. I have a few things to say about this book as well. I second what Sondra said–I love The Lunar Chronicles so much. Just thinking about the characters fills me with delight. And Winter was just everything I wanted and needed. Despite the 800 pages, I never felt like I was reading a long book, and not just because the paper was so freaking thin. Marissa Meyer was always able to keep the tension up and make sure I was invested in what was going on. You’d think there would only be so many near-death escapes and characters being forced to hurt each other through Lunar mind control, but NOPE. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

And the best part of the Lunar Chronicles is the characters, and every one of them just shone here (even though I would actually have liked to see more of Winter and Jacin). All of them got to use their unique capabilities to save the day. The romances and friendships were absolutely on point.

As I said on Twitter, I spent the first 770 pages completely freaking out, and the last 50 crying happy tears. Everything is as it should be.

Didn'tWork

*Whines* okay fine, I think if I can point to something I’m gonna point to Winter and Jacin’s romance, because in reality the romance was already there the two just had to stop being idiots. But their romance just wasn’t as firm as the others, quite simply because they spend a lot of time separated, and, well, you know the Snow White storyline. Not to even mention the fact that Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Carswell, and Iko, all needed THEIR storylines wrapped up. So I mean it makes sense but I just would’ve wanted more with these two idiots.

Honestly, it didn’t feel like Winter’s story, the way the first three books felt like Cinder’s, Scarlet’s, and Cress’s. Winter and Jacin were important, well-written characters, but not really in the spotlight. I guess at this point the number of characters Marissa Meyer was balancing caught up with her. And I did LOVE Winter and her character arc, but I wish there was more of her.

As I’ve pointed out, there are a lot of scenarios where character X gets separated from the others, or character Y almost dies and we have to wait a chapter to see if they make it or not, or character W is forced to fight character Z because Lunars. It didn’t bother me at all because I was so invested in the story; others might find it a bit repetitive.

DidWork

THE ENDING. I WON’T SAY MORE BUT JUST YES GOOD. THANK YOU MARISSA FOR THAT ENDING.

*Clears throat* erm. I mean. Lunar Chronicles has always been my favorite because of relationships, and I’m not just talking the romances. I’m talking about how Wolf treats Cress like a little sister, how Kai and Carswell are total bros and don’t wanna admit it. The book focuses on the friendships as hard as the romances, which I just love so, so much. So not only do we get our romances tied up, we get our friendships tied up too and I just am so HAPPY you guys.

The ladies. Polina and I make no secret around here about how we love the powerful ladies. Each one of our girls got some time to shine in the spotlight. They all got these moments of extreme highs (and yes, lows) but all of them got to step out and become someone absolutely amazing. It was a group of friends fighting the bad guy and I just loved it.

With this series it’s always the little things that kill me. There’s always so much foreshadowing that even still I find when I reread. This book is no slacker in picking up everything that was left before and just taking it and blowing it up into this beautiful rose that just became this book.

I actually don’t have much to add here; Sondra summed up pretty much everything I was excited about. I will say that I loved the callbacks to other books. You’d be surprised how often hitting something can make it work, crying is dehydrating, and Iko working on her sarcasm finally paid off.

I also want to scream about Scarlet/Wolf a little, because during books 2 and 3, I enjoyed them, but they were never my favorite couple. In this book, I finally understood what the hype was about. I cried about those two idiots so so much. THEY WERE NEVER YOUR FAVORITE COUPLE WHAT HAVE I DONE WRONG WITH LIFE. Also I shouldn’t start screaming about Scarlet/Wolf. Talk about me never shutting up. But whelp Polina opened the door. I just want them to have all of the good things, and all of the happiness and tomatoes, and just like holy crap I can’t even with how much I love those two and my feelings are literally everywhere when it comes to them. Their relationship is the fastest of any of the group, and yet it’s always felt like the deepest and most real out of all of them. It’s a complete perfect pairing with them and equal power and just like all around one of the best written couples I’ve ever seen.

I swear to god I could keep going but I really should stop before I’m just this mess of a puddle of a girl on the floor in front of her computer.

PickupIf you’ve read the others I’m like 99% sure you’re gonna pick this up. But if you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles at all then let this be an official sign since the series is over. Go pick it up and really you won’t be sorry. It’s not cheesy like you might fear. I promise.

Sondra 

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